Morientes feels Flores guilt

Striker does not believe coach should have been made scapegoat

Morientes: Feels responsible

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Valencia striker Fernando Morientes admits he felt partly responsible following the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores.

Flores paid the price for an inconsistent start to the season as he lost his job after the 3-0 defeat to Sevilla last month.

But Morientes believes Flores was unlucky to be axed and has insisted the senior players in the team, himself included, should have been held accountable as well.

"In these situations the older players should take a bit more of the blame because they have the experience behind them and have been through difficult times like that," he told AS.

"When there is a bad run of form the coach is always made a scapegoat."

Koeman praise

Ronald Koeman has replaced Flores and Morientes has been impressed by his positive approach and man-management skills.

He explained: "We work a lot with the ball now and practice keeping possession and he is always talking a lot to the players individually.

"What we do know about him is that he likes attacking football and to build from the back at speed, as well as playing down the wings.

"Every coach has their own way and different methods, but the idea is always the same.

"I believe that what is important is that we should be capable of playing well on the pitch, irrespective of the coach."

Morientes has been left out of Spain's squad for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Sweden and Northern Ireland, but he can understand Luis Aragones' decision to try out some new players.

"It's not an injustice. The coach has clear ideas on what he wants and that is reflected in his squad and you have to respect that," said Morientes.

"I will try my best to be given a chance but if not, then I have played many times for the team and will not cry about it."